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Capito: Calling It A Jobs Bill Doesn't Make It So

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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., today cast a vote of opposition to H.R. 4849, the so-called jobs legislation that raises taxes, discourages foreign investment into America, increases government spending and fails to address meaningful unemployment assistance.

"While 86,400 West Virginians struggle to find jobs and provide for their families, Congress has decided to once again favor big government over the unemployed," said Capito. "After bloating the government payroll by 293,000 jobs this past year, we need to focus on growing jobs for small businesses and the private sector."

Approximately 80 percent of the legislation's tax relief would bail out state governments and welfare programs, both of which have already received $5 billion in stimulus money this year. Of that $5 billion, only $1.5 billion has been spent.

Not even a week after passing over half-a-trillion dollars in job-killing tax increases in the health care overhaul, the Majority side is again pushing tax hikes on America's employers in this legislation.

"The unemployed across our nation are not asking for more government in their lives," said Capito. "It is time for Congress to get serious about the unemployment situation and enact real job-growing policies, like permanent tax cuts for our employers and workers. Far too much time has been spent on sweeping this problem under the rug."


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